STARK COUNTY, N.D. (KFGO) — A court order issued by a Stark County District Court judge this week has saved approximately 70 horses from slaughter. At least thirty of the horses are ready to give birth. Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office seized the horses and some cattle described as “neglected and abused” from a ranch near Gladstone, North Dakota.
Authorities began an investigation into the large-scale animal neglect case last month. Dr. Kim Brummond of the West Dakota Veterinary Clinic in Dickinson says the animals were to be sold to a feed lot and then sent to slaughter in Canada.
However, after negotiations, Stark County decided the horses would be turned over to an animal rescue group. Brummond was at the ranch during the initial investigation and was shocked. She could smell dead animals, others in need of food and water. She calls it is was one of the most emotional animal abuse cases she’s seen.
Alison Smith, Founder of Triple H Miniature Horse Rescue in Mandan says the deal was finalized Tuesday night. She doesn’t know yet how her group will pay for hay and medical expenses and hopes the public can help. The aim is to find foster homes and eventually adopt the horses out.
The case remains under investigation and no charges have been filed.
Those willing to help can do so at the Triple H website or contact Smith at 701-220-4449.
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